Program Director, Sponsored Programs
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Tucson, AZ 85719
Position Information Title
Program Director, Sponsored Programs
UA Global (9004)
The Program Director, Sponsored Programs, is responsible for developing and managing programs that uphold the mission of the University and serve the international student population. The position serves as contact person for sponsoring embassies and agencies as well as on-campus departments regarding sponsored student issues. The Program Director serves as an advisor and an advocate for international sponsored students. The position assists the Director and Associate Directors in the establishment and coordination of programs that promote the educational success of international sponsored students and enhance the University’s outreach goals to the campus and community.
The motivated and detail-oriented individual may use the Student and Exchange Visitor Information System (SEVIS) to provide compliance with the federal regulations affecting F and J non-immigrant students. Federal regulations require that the Program Director be a U.S. citizen or legal permanent resident for certification as Designated School Official approved by Department of Homeland Security and Alternate Responsible Officer approved by Department of State. The candidate is expected to support and advance Inclusive Excellence, the UA diversity and inclusiveness strategic initiative designed to create an inclusive environment for all faculty, staff, and students.
Outstanding UA benefits include health, dental, and vision insurance plans; life insurance and disability programs; paid vacation, sick leave, and holidays; UA/ASU/NAU tuition reduction for the employee and qualified family members; state and optional retirement plans; access to UA recreation and cultural activities; and more!
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Duties & Responsibilities
- Direct Sponsored Student Team, overseeing and supervising areas of sponsor relationship building, advising, billing, and document processing
- Serve as primary point of contact for sponsoring embassies and agencies to ensure positive agency relation building and maintenance
- Serve as primary point of contact for UA Global and UA campus for sponsored students, providing regular updates to advising communities and critical departments on campus
- Plan and coordinate visits to sponsoring agencies by traveling to agency headquarters
- Plan and coordinate visits by sponsoring agencies to UA campus, ensuring proper protocols for government officials.
- Research and diversify pool of available scholarships offered by sponsoring agencies
- Advise international sponsored students in areas of academic and new student outreach, adjustment, and matters related to their sponsorship
- Develop and execute communication plan and publications for outreach to students and sponsors
- Oversee development and maintenance of Sponsored Student marketing including brochures, newsletters, and online materials
- Develop and manage sponsored-student specific leadership and engagement activities
Secondary Duties and Responsibilities
- Provide support to immigration advisors and Sponsored Student Program Coordinator in areas related to immigration status, compliance, and benefits
- Provide support to Sponsored Student Team in areas of admission processing, tracking, and prospective student inquires
- May be required to attend international educational recruitment fairs with high volume of prospective sponsored students
- Maintain membership with NAFSA: Association of International Educators. May be required to attend national conferences to connect with sponsoring agencies and receive information about sponsor scholarship programs and student immigration regulation updates.
- Some evening and weekend work hours may be required.
- Other duties as assigned.
Knowledge, Skills, & Abilities
- Master’s degree and three years’ work experience working with government sponsors, agencies or with sponsored students in a higher educational setting
- Experience advising students in F1 and/or J1 status
- Experience with international governmental and scholarship protocols
- Ability to travel domestically and if necessary, internationally
- Excellent organization, communication and presentation skills
- Ability to effectively communicate and collaborate with people from a variety of culturally diverse backgrounds
- Experience in successfully managing team(s)
- Administrative leadership skills, including creative problem-solving and the ability to handle multiple tasks and deadlines concurrently
- Commitment to the principles of diversity
- Be a team player and help UA Global across all units
- Be a U.S. Citizen or Lawful Permanent Resident, as required for certification as a DSO/ARO
- Served as International Student Advisor with Designated School Official (DSO) experience
- Excellent intercultural communication, leadership skills, and teamwork mentality.
- Proficiency in second language.
- Experience utilizing MS Word, Excel, PeopleSoft and Sunapsis.
Full Time/Part Time
Number of Hours Worked per Week
Administrative and Professional
Yes – Full Benefits
Posted Rate of Pay
Type of criminal background check required:
Name-based criminal background check (non-security sensitive)
Posting Detail Information Posting Number
Number of Vacancies
Desired Start Date
Position End Date (if temporary)
Limited to Current UA Employees
Contact Information for Candidates
Open Until Filled
Review Begins On
Special Instructions to Applicant
Please note: You will be required to provide contact information for a minimum of three professional references within your application. Should you be selected as a finalist for this position, for your convenience, your references may receive an automatic email. This email will ask your references to complete a brief questionnaire in regard to your suitability for the position as well as request the attachment of a letter of recommendation. These letters of recommendation must be uploaded directly via the UACareers.com website by your reference provider. UACareers.com is not compatible with any “dossier aggregate” system (e.g., Interfolio, Intellimedia).
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